Sermon Bible Study Guides
Hard hearts and walking on water
Read Mark 6:45-53
- What had just happened previously? (v.30-44)
- What does Jesus make his disciples do and why?
- What does Jesus do?
- Describe the scene and make note of the details. (v. 47-49)
- What do the disciples think and how do they feel?
- What does Jesus tell them?
- What have we seen in Mark so far which is similar?
- What does their response reveal about them?
- What should they have understood about the loves?
- What did the loaves demonstrate about Jesus’ identity?
- Why didn’t they understand?
- Consider these passages (v. 30-44, and v. 45-53) in a whole Bible context.
- What similar stories are there that come to mind?
Read Mark 6:54-56
- What does this summary tell us about Jesus?
- What has Jesus been doing so far in Mark?
- What do we learn about Jesus from this passage?
- Why were the disciples afraid? What didn’t they understand? Why didn’t they understand?
- So what do our fears reveal about us? (Discuss things that tempt you to fear now).
- What is the solution to hardened hearts?
Read Mark 6:14-29
- What did King Herod hear about?
- Who did King Herod think Jesus was? Why did he think that?
- What had happened in the past between Herod and John?
- How did Herod respond to John’s preaching?
- How did John die? What brought it about?
- What kind of king does Herod appear to be in this account?
- Herod heard John gladly, and yet was willing to kill him in the end. What warning can we take from this about the way we listen to teaching?
- How should we learn from John’s example of speaking difficult truth to authority?
Read Mark 6:30-44
- What does Jesus hear about? What is his response?
- What happens while he is away with his disciples?
- What is Jesus’ response to this crowd? Why does he respond this way?
- What is the problem that presents itself?
- What does Jesus do in response to the problem--at first?
- What does Jesus instruct his disciples to feed them first (consider the start of the chapter)?
- What is his second response?
- What do his disciples report to him?
- How does Jesus feed the people? What Old Testament event does this remind you of?
- How are the people described after received Jesus’ care?
- How did Jesus use his power? How does that compare to the way Herod used his power?
- Jesus called his disciples to come away and rest after their work. What does this teach us about the importance of rest?
- Why did Jesus instruct his disciples to feed the crowd? Why does he tell them to do things that only he had power to do?
- What does the contrast between Jesus and Herod teach you about the use of power?
- What kind of leader is Jesus? What does this make you think about Jesus?